Goucher gophers win at home
Towson, MD - With Mortimer the team mascot roaming the sidelines, Goucher
College won what had become the second zone 4, region 1 show of the season. The
gophers tallied 40 points, seven more than reserve William & Mary. Gophers who
tunneled their way to blue ribbons were Jennie Towner (open flat), Laquel
Cuozzo (novice flat, pictured with Mortimer), Donna Cohan (novice fences),
Lauren Salvitti (beginner walk-trot-canter) and Shelley Lloyd (advanced
walk-trot-canter). In addition, seven other Goucher riders placed second in
their respective classes. Goucher leads the region 1 team standings through
two shows, the first time the gophers can make that claim in at least the past
Though William & Mary was second overall, the tribe is only 16 points behind
Goucher through two shows. Early on in the day, Sarah Martin (open fences) and
Carrie Veneman (intermediate flat) won classes, while advanced walk-trot-canter
rider Cristin Stickles ended the day with a first as well. In between, no less
than six members of the tribe placed third, while Elizabeth Clark (open fences),
Lauren Burns (novice flat) and Rebecca McAteer (beginner walk-trot-canter) all
picked up red ribbons for Karen Greenwoods' team. Neither Goucher nor William
& Mary has ever finished a season as overall high point team, though both look
like better bets than in recent seasons, as the talent level is very even
amongst the top five teams.
The three other teams who find themselves in the thick of the standings are
Mary Washington College (the defending region champs), Sweet Briar College and
the University of Maryland. Though they narrowly won the opener hosted by St.
Mary's, the eagles ended the day 11 behind Goucher, yet there were many bright
spots for first-year coach Keri Pillings' team. Lynsi Montgomery (open flat),
Molly Gordon (intermediate flat), Erika Rozek (novice fences), Charice Frazier
(walk-trot), Emily Florio (advanced walk-trot-canter) and Anna Craft (same) all
won classes for Pilling and Mary Washington. The University of Maryland ended
the day with 51 points through two shows, proving to be the most consistant team
(26 points today, 25 at St. Mary's). First place ribbons went to Erica Baker
(intemediate fences), Christine Vendemnia (novice flat) and Dianna Phillips of
Emmie Prettymans' equiterps. On paper, the team who seemed to have the best day
was Sweet Briar College. First year coach Melissa Bullock saw intermediate
rider Lauren Graves and novice rider Meg Shortlidge both reach the three-way
ride-off with Mount Saint Marys' Andrea Simpson, while Freshman Brooke Helburn
won her first-ever IHSA class, a victory in open fences. Erin Gibbs also won
her intermediate flat class for the vixens. However Sweet Briar ended the day
with only 32 points, one less than William & Mary and eight fewer than Goucher.
Still, high point rider went to Graves (first in intermediate fences, second in
intermediate flat) while the vixens now sit in second place overall, nine points
Zrimsek leads crowded open field: St. Mary's sophomore Diane Zrimsek won the
very first class of the day (open flat) and placed third in open fences.
Through two shows the resident of Cheltenham, MD holds a one point lead in the
region 1 open rider standings. Heading into the day, Sweet Briar sophomore
Megan Bennett held a three point lead over Zrimsek and two others, yet a second
in open fences and a fifth in the open flat class which Zrimsek had won leaves Bennett one
point behind for the moment. Zrimsek leads with only 18 points overall, while
five others are in double digits with between 10 and 14 points. With no one
distinguishing themselves so far, the race to represent region 1 in the
Cacchione Cup competition at IHSA nationals will probably be tight into the new
year, and the leader could conceivably be a different individual following each
of the Fall shows. It should also be noted that the turnover from last seasons'
open division has taken its' toll, with only Gouchers' Kate Fournel, the
University of Marylands' Dara Eisenberg and William & Marys' Martin back from
the top ten at the end of last season. Several members of the Mary Washington
team indicated that Matt Lowe, who was high point open rider last season, and
eagle teammate Gigi Beier were busy with schoolwork at the moment but might
return at some unknown date.
A few more blue ribbons to go around: Also receiving first place ribbons
were Adriane MeVay (open fences) and Michael Hurwitz (novice fences) of the
University of Richmond; Leigh-Ann Farmer (novice flat) of Christopher Newport,
and Simpson of Mount Saint Marys' (novice fences), who finished second to Graves
in the ride-off for high point. Richmond head coach Adam Cramer had high praise
for Hurwitz following what was perhaps his finest IHSA ride to date. Hurwitz
himself was happy that he was able to "Count to the beat" during the course.
Oh you tricky judge!: Former Wesleyan College head coach Jon Conyers
judged todays' show, and he had a suprise for the advanced walk-trot-canter
riders up his sleeve. Conyers had each of the four classes pick up the wrong
diagonal from the sitting trot. Florio, Craft, Lloyd and Stickles were
apparently the best at doing the wrong thing. At least Conyers did not ask for
If not one Prettyman, then another!: Lyndi Prettyman - Caruso, the eldest
daughter of Maryland head coach Emmie Prettyman, rode alumni during the 2000-01
season with good results. Though Prettyman - Caruso has not ridden alumni since,
her younger sister is giving it a try this season. Trisha Prettyman, who rode
for the University of Maryland 1997-99 had a good debut in the alumni divisions,
placing first in alumni fences and second in alumni flat. Kelly Utter, a 2000
Goucher graduate, also made her alumni debut, placing second to Prettyman over
fences while edging out the two-time reserve high point open rider in the flat.
The other three alumni riders were also making their alumni debuts, and each
received the same ribbon in their flat class as they did over fences. Lisa
Jordan, Goucher '02, placed third twice while former teammate Steph Williams,
also Goucher '02, received two pink ribbons. In between with a pair of fourths
was Ashley Hall, a 2002 William & Mary graduate who finished last season in the
top ten amongst the open rider standings. Though they did not compete today,
Mika Buffington and Kim Johnson, both 2001 University of Maryland graduates, are
scheduled to ride alumni in the remaining Fall shows. St. Marys' head coach
Jacqueline Falkowski - Schmitter, the 2001 IHSA National champion alumni on
the flat rider who placed fourth in the same division at Nationals last season
did not ride today. It was not clear if Falkowski - Schmitter will ride alumni
this season, though the one time Mary Washington rider would be a strong
favorite to return to the post-season if she competes from here on in.
New coaches abound: Besides Mary Washington and Sweet Briar, several other
schools within region one can claim new head coaches. Pauline Creedon, though
not present at todays' show, is the new head coach at Christopher Newport.
Julie McCutcheon is finally head coach and Alicia Corkran assistant coach at
Hood. McCutcheon was essentially a coach while riding for the team two seasons
ago. Adam Cramer was involved with Richmond late last season, and he is now
the fourth head coach since 2001 (he replaces Helen Thompson who replaced Mary
Tinsley who replaced long-time head coach Paul Baker). Goucher has a new
assistant coach, as Rae Holbrook, a 1992 Mary Washington graduate, replaces
Gretchen Canova as the right arm of Goucher head coach Patte Zumbrun. The
last of the new head coaches is Kerry Blackmer at Mount St. Mary's, who was not
present at todays' show. Whatever she taught the mountaineers during the week
paid off, as her team put 29 points on the board, and this was despite only one
blue ribbon all day (Simpsons').
Maryland to host on new dates: Most outdoor activities in the Washington DC
area were postponed during the sniper incidents, with the October 12th and 13th
University of Maryland shows no different. The two hunter seat shows, each to
be followed by a stock seat show, will now take place over the weekend of
November 23rd and 24th.
Show Incidentals: Sunny skies, then chilly at sunset. High Temperature in the
mid '50's. Start time: 11:02AM. Finish: 5:18PM. Coaches and Captains
Meeting held prior to start of show. Point Cards posted in this Region? Yes.
Alumni Classes held in this region? Yes. Judge: Mr. Jon Conyers, Fishersville,
VA. Stewards: Greenwood/College of William & Mary, Falkowski-Schmitter/St.
Mary's College (MD) and E. Prettyman/University of Maryland.
Team Totals: Goucher College (High Point Team) 40; College of William & Mary
(Reserve) 33; Sweet Briar College 32; Mount St. Mary's College 29; Mary
Washington College 27; University of Maryland 26; St. Mary's College 21;
University of Richmond 19; Christopher Newport University 17; Hood College 12
and Johns Hopkins University 6.
High Point Rider - Lauren Graves, Sweet Briar College
Reserve High Point Rider - Andrea Simpson, Mount St. Mary's College